This is a classic tea culture tour promoted by Tourism Bureau of Xihu District, where the jewel of Hangzhou – West Lake and its many surrounding treasures are situated. In this tour, you can do interesting things about tea, such as pick tea leaves, taste tea and know about the tea culture, and cycle on countryside paths among tea bushes.
In the morning, pick tea leaves, taste tea and get to know the tea village, Shangchengdai. Home to tea gardens of over 1000 mu (1 mu roughly equals 666 sq m) Shangchengdai Village is one of the largest production areas of Xihu Longjing tea leaves. In the village not only can you sample the finest of brews but you can also visit the ecological tea gardens and Guangmingsi Reservoir which is located in the northwest of the village and also makes for an ideal spot to enjoy nature, go camping and fishing as well as lighting a BBQ or two.
In the afternoon, why not cycle in Longwu tea gardens to appreciate the unique scenery. Hejia Village is home to the first standard mountain cycling race track in Hangzhou. The route offers a unique cycling experience which is characterized by countryside paths circling around the village, mountains and forests, tea gardens and Guangmingsi Reservoir and is accompanied by picturesque scenery and fresher than fresh air.
Finally head to Outer Tongwu Village which, having a strong artistic input is a national-level 3A agricultural scenic area and the perfect place to indulge in some culture.
If you are exhausted then choose to stay at any one of Longwu’s featured B&Bs.
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.